Thank the Academy

March 21st, 2013

Thank the Academy: A visualization of how Oscar winners express gratitude.

Thanked at length...

I have to be honest: that's one of the more straightforward charts on the site. The interactive charts that really let you slice and dice the data are where the action is, but they can't be properly represented by a dinky screenshot over here.

You really should go and have a play for yourself. You can view the differences in the content of speeches and even the behaviour of the recipient, then view the differences between eras, or between different classes of award winner. It's a very well done site.

I'd love to see someone apply these same techniques and style of presentation to another corpus taken from an annual event with a bit of a history to it. Say, Budget speeches by Chancellors of the Exchequer over the last 50 years, or party leaders' speeches to their party conference. Granted, you couldn't do much with an analysis by gender of either of those data sets – what with any analysis by gender of the relevant UK data sets having Margaret Thatcher on one side of the stats and generation after generation of middle aged men on the other – but there would be all sorts of illuminating ways to break the data down.

One think I can confidently predict: those sorts of data sets would provide fewer opportunities to tally the number of speakers who burst into tears during their speech. Also, some poor devil would have to sit through recordings of each speech taking detailed notes, and I'm pretty sure that'd be a lot less entertaining – a lot less glamorous, certainly – than watching 50 years of excerpts from the Oscars.

Getting back to the more glamorous data set, the site will even tell you who has been thanked by name most frequently in acceptance speeches by directors, leading and supporting actors and actresses.1

[Via Flowing Data]

  1. I'll give you a clue. He's still active in the industry today. As is his brother.

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Jennifer, meet Jack.

February 25th, 2013

From last night's Oscars, Jennifer Lawrence meeting Jack Nicholson for the first time:

Adorable.

[Amended video link as original video was removed from YouTube. Just in case that one disappears too, here's a screenshot of her reaction. JR 26 Feb 2013]

[Via feeling listless]

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The w-g Oscar Contest 2013

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Another year, another chance to fail to win The Web-Goddess Oscar Contest.

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The 9th Annual webgoddess Oscar Contest

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Now open: The 9th Annual webgoddess Oscar Contest. This year's prize is…

[…] a pair of custom-made, one-of-a-kind Black Swan and White Swan ballerina sock monkeys! One is beautiful, pure, and repressed; the other is totes sexy-crazy. They might just be my best sock creations yet. (However, I disclaim all responsibility if you use them to act out the movie and then it drives you insane.)

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"I bet none of these people ever thought they'd be in an Oscar nominated movie"

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Just in time for the Oscars: Honest movie titles.

[Via Orbyn]

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Sparkly Emo Vampire Sockmonkeys, meet Mr Pointy

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Once again, it's time for the web-goddess Oscar Contest.

This year's prize is a Sparkly Emo Vampire Sockmonkey Playset1 – how can you not enter?

  1. With added Buffy Anne Summers. Which, let's face it, would be even more fun than this.

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George Clooney is in for a busy night

February 12th, 2010

Nick Hornby discovers that being nominated for an Oscar isn't all about hanging out with George Clooney:

There is, it turns out, a lot of paperwork associated with an Oscar nomination. Yesterday we had to sign a form promising that we wouldn't sell our statuettes; […]

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7th Annual Web-Goddess Oscar Contest

January 26th, 2009

It's sock-puppet time again: the Seventh Annual Web-Goddess Oscar Contest is open for business.

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